is the capital of Kenya
, the the largest city in East Africa and the main transport hub for the region.
It is a pretty hectic place these days, with remnants of a more genteel past being now well concealed behind the realities of sprawling modern capital.
The majority of our guests are keen to get through Nairobi as quickly as possible. However, inconvenient flight timings often make it necessary to overnight, in which case it is often best to stay south of the city, between the international and domestic airports ... Ole Sereni Hotel
... is a conventional square hotel set back from the main highway close to the domestic airport and overlooking Nairobi National Park. The Boma Nairobi
... is another large modern hotel, also close to the domestic airport and also offering conventional and comfortable overnight accommodation. Aeroclub Wilson Aerodrome
... is a simple but historic facility situated at the domestic airport itself and offering characterful but simple and lower cost accommodation.
If you specifically want to spend more time in the area, perhaps to visit Nairobi National Park, Langatta Giraffe Sanctuary and the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, then options in or near the quiet garden suburbs of Langatta and Karen to the southwest are really rather attractive ...Giraffe Manor
... is the best known and arguably the most upmarket option in Langatta, a wonderful old mansion where you can feed giraffes by hand without even going outside. Expensive, but a really superb novelty stop.The Emakoko
... is a pleasant and rather upmarket lodge set alongside the much quieter southern boundary of Nairobi National Park, from which it is also easy to explore the surrounding areas.Ololo Lodge
... is a really lovely homestead style lodge which is also set alongside the much quieter southern boundary of Nairobi National Park.Hemingways Nairobi
... is by far the best of the larger hotels in these southwestern suburbs, a genuinely high class operation for those keen on their conventional comforts and pampered service.Macushla House
... is a small owner-run guesthouse and the only really good lower cost option in these prime southern suburbs.
If you want to access the city centre, perhaps for business, then there is a good range of international standard hotels, as well as a few with a little more character ...Fairview Hotel
... is our usual first choice in central Nairobi, a Colonial Era property which retains a reasonable level of authenticity at a reasonable price.Norfolk Hotel
... is the most famous Colonial Era hotel in the city, centre for some historic episodes, but which we find rather disappointing and overpriced these days.
Nairobi is usually combined in trips with popular safari areas around Kenya including Masai Mara
, Chyulu Hills
, Laikipia North
, as well as parts of the Kenyan Coast
The city is also commonly used to access parts of Tanzania
, notably Serengeti
, Mount Kilimanjaro
and the Tanzania Coast